Moving too much, fidgeting, talking too fast, speaking too slow, wrapping feet around the legs of the chair, lip biting, hunched shoulders, overwhelmed...etc. What comes to mind when you read these behaviors? Exactly! Someone who is stressed. These are some mistakes that young people make during a job interview.
For every problem, there is a solution. But we have to become aware of these problems before we solve them.
Today, we are not only presenting and explaining mistakes; we are also providing solutions. Keep close attention to the coming points because they are going to help you nail your next interview.
We provide you with 15 mistakes made during an interview and their solutions:
You might think to yourself, "what does that mean?". It means that you shouldn't enter the interviewer's door like he/she is a friend of yours. Well, you might be after you get accepted, but for now, you should consider dressing up professionally. Because first impressions matter.
As a general rule of thumb, "dress for the job you want, not for the one you have."
Imagine you are going on a date, you arrive first, and you wait for the other person. He/she comes late. What would you think? You will probably think that that person disrespected you, irresponsible, doesn't manage his time well.
The interviewer would think the same if you arrive late.
Remember that strict teacher you had in the middle school who says NO to everything? Well, mainly, these teachers are challenging because they command respect. So does the interviewer! If you bring a drink or food with you, it shows disrespect.
Well, probably you are bringing a drink for two reasons:
Imagine talking to your friend, and she/he is using their phone, and you have to repeat your words several times until they can catch what you said. What would you say? Maybe you might say that it's disrespectful.
Well, then imagine what the interviewer would say.
You can't talk about something that you don't know. You have to understand how things work for you to talk about it. It's 101 marketing! Acknowledge the product (company) you are selling and communicate it well with the buyer (the interviewer).
Many people pay little attention to their resume, thinking that the only important thing is the interview itself. The interview is the second step after sending your resume. They want to have a general idea about what you have accomplished and some of your experiences that make you eligible for the job.
A tip that I have received from my Business Management teacher was this "while writing your birthday in your resume, don't write the full date. Instead, write how old you are." So I asked why? And she said, "the manager will probably have to go through over 70 resumes, and he/she will not waste his/her time calculating how old you are."
Imagine the interviewer asking you a long question, and you are not paying attention to what he/she said. You will be stressed and confused, and the interviewer will notice that. You won't be in a good spot after that.
Every time I ask my dad a question, he will tell me everything but the answer. It became a family thing. We started avoiding asking him questions because he would talk forever without really answering the question. This case applies to the interviewer. The interviewer doesn't have the time to listen to your unrelated stories.
Even if you want to talk more, talk deliberately and relatively.
It's like taking an exam. Imagine taking an exam without doing practice tests to get comfortable with it? No matter how confident you are with your skills and abilities, it would be hard for you to hear the questions for the first time and answer them confidently.
Here are some basic questions that often get asked in interviews:
Crossed arms, crossed legs, avoiding eye contact, low voice, low energy, and many more are all negative body language. Body language shows that you not confident and that you are insecure.
Instead, have open or positive body language:
Ever went demotivated, and one of your friends came to you and told you, "Everything happens for a reason." and you are like, "are you one of them?" Because you know that, and it simply won't change anything. The interviewer hates cliches because he/she heard them so many times that their job became so dull.
Your chance to make the interviewer smile and nod his head up and down has come.
Lying is wrong, especially in an interview. It will be apparent because your body language will show the opposite of what you say. Unless you are a body language expert, but most of us aren't.
Again, my advice for you is NOT to lie. Simple, right?
To be passive is to answer the question without explaining what you mean. For example, if the question was "what makes you great?". Your answer was "because I am myself," with no further explanation, the interviewer would think you are arrogant, insecure, or don't know the answer to that question.
Being overwhelmed or all over the place won't get you anywhere. If you don't know what to say, don't worry about it, I got your back.
Suppose you want to sharpen your interview skills. In that case, there is no better option than asking the interviewer and, of course, after the result, whether or not accepted.
I didn't forget about you people( who have virtual interviews ). I will give you a few tips that can help you:
These were the deal-breaker mistakes that prevent you from getting accepted in the job of your dreams. Now that you know the errors and solutions, what are you waiting for?
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